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有些App表面上是聊天应用,实际却是间谍工具。

It Seemed Like a Popular Chat App. It’s Secretly a Spy Tool.

It is billed as an easy and secure way to chat by video or text message with friends and family, even in a country that has restricted popular messaging services like WhatsApp and Skype.

它被认为是一种简单、安全的方式,人们可以通过视频或短信与朋友和家人聊天,即使在一个限制了WhatsApp和Skype等流行信息服务的国家也能如此。

But the service, ToTok, is actually a spying tool, according to American officials familiar with a classified intelligence assessment and a New York Times investigation into the app and its developers. It is used by the government of the United Arab Emirates to try to track every conversation, movement, relationship, appointment, sound and image of those who install it on their phones.

但据熟悉机密情报评估和《纽约时报》对这款应用程序及其开发者进行调查的美国官员称,这项名为ToTok的服务实际上是一种间谍工具。阿拉伯联合酋长国政府使用它来追踪手机用户的每一次谈话、行动、关系、约会、声音和图像。

ToTok, introduced only months ago, was downloaded millions of times from the Apple and Google app stores by users throughout the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. While the majority of its users are in the Emirates, ToTok surged to become one of the most downloaded social apps in the United States last week, according to app rankings and App Annie, a research firm.

几个月前才推出的ToTok,被中东、欧洲、亚洲、非洲和北美的用户从苹果和谷歌的应用商店下载了数百万次。据应用排行榜和研究公司appannie的数据,虽然ToTok的大部分用户都在阿联酋,但上周ToTok一跃成为美国下载量最大的社交应用之一。

翻译:STARSET Mirror翻译组

Read more at The New York Times

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